IDF probing allegations of torture of Gazan detainees at Sde Teiman base – military prosecutor

Members of the Israel Prison Service stand guard next to Hamas terrorists caught during the October 7th massacre and the ensuing war in Gaza, at a prison in southern Israel, February 14, 2024. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)
Members of the Israel Prison Service stand guard next to Hamas terrorists caught during the October 7th massacre and the ensuing war in Gaza, at a prison in southern Israel, February 14, 2024. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

Israel is investigating allegations of abuse and torture of Palestinian security detainees at the Sde Teiman military base in the Negev desert, the IDF’s top prosecutor says.

Citing accounts by former inmates and a doctor from the Sde Teiman base, the Physicians for Human Rights group said last month that detainees have suffered severe violence causing fractures, internal bleeding and even death.

Earlier this month, Israeli human rights groups petitioned the High Court of Justice to close the detention center.

“To date, 70 military police investigations have been opened into incidents that have raised suspicion of criminal offenses,” Maj. Gen. Yifat Tomer Yerushalmi, the military advocate-general, tells a conference hosted by the Israel Bar Association in Eilat.

“These investigations also address allegations raised about the incarceration conditions at Sde Teiman detention center and the deaths of detainees in IDF custody. We are treating these allegations very seriously and are taking action to probe them.”

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